Once I realized I had some ground beef that needed to be cooked, I cycled through my easy options for last Monday evening's dinner before settling on the marvelous Boogaloo Wonderland sandwiches that were well-suited to that January day. One might consider these an especially tasty do-over of what otherwise could have been an ordinary sloppy joe, although piling it all up on brioche buns with a slice of American cheese on top, and oven-toasted, makes 'em suitably special.
The all-day chill under sunny and occasionally blustery skies propelled me to light a fire that morning, on the first full weekday of complete quiet after a good stretch of family here over the holidays. In my ridiculous ongong chronicle, this was Fire No. 74 in the wood-burning fireplace added along with the rebuilt kitchen, completed in early 2009.
The winds were stronger than I'd expected, and a couple of blasts were sufficient to send smoke billowing back down the chimney and into the kitchen area mid-afternoon. While I really enjoy walking outside on a crisp winter day with wood smoke lingering about, I prefer that it not be the scent of my kitchen. Nonetheless, I was able to get in some good writing time while the soothing warmth brought an added element of comfort to that nice fireside space.
"Boogaloo Wonderland Sandwiches," by Bryan Roof. In Cook's Country, April/May 2018, p. 4-5. Recipe has also been reproduced and tinkered with a bit by Cully's Kitchen. Link to "Boogaloo Wonderland Sandwiches." [Published 10 April 2018]